Grosses

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holds Onto First Place on Thursday with $2.57M; 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' #2 with $2.32MAugust 22, 2014 12:56 PM

by Daniel Garris

Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy took in $2.57 million on Thursday to continue to lead the daily box office. The blockbuster sci-fi superhero adaptation from Marvel has led the daily box office for three of the past four days. Guardians of the Galaxy was down just 2 percent from Wednesday and down a very solid 39 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $36.71 million. That was down 42 percent from the previous frame and brings the three-week total for the film to a very impressive $234.25 million. Guardians of the Galaxy will likely reach the $250 million domestic milestone on either Sunday or Monday.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles held steady in second place with $2.32 million. Paramount's high-profile franchise re-launch was down 4 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was the week's top film with a weekly take of $39.57 million. That represented a 56 percent decline from the film's first week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a significantly stronger than expected $128.81 million.

Let's Be Cops took in $1.65 million to remain in third. Fox's low-budget action-comedy fell 6 percent from Wednesday and 48 percent from last Thursday. Let's Be Cops placed in third for the week with $25.84 million and has grossed $34.25 million in nine days. While the film is performing towards the lower end of pre-release expectations thus far, it is performing well with its price-tag in mind.

The Weinstein Company's The Giver claimed fourth with $1.06 million. The modestly budgeted young adult sci-fi adaptation decreased 5 percent from Wednesday. The Giver placed in fifth for the week with a seven-day start of $17.37 million. That was on the low end of expectations, but was 20 percent stronger than the $14.43 million seven-day take of last year's The Host.

Lionsgate's The Expendables 3 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $1.01 million. The third installment of the ensemble action franchise starring Sylvester Stallone was down 7 percent from Wednesday. The Expendables 3 landed in fourth this week with a seven-day start of $20.92 million. That was softer than expected and a disappointing 46 percent below the $38.81 million seven-day take of 2012's The Expendables 2.

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#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Basic Instinct$6,652,945-15%1,823-2$3,649$70,007,9305TriStar
2White Men Can't Jump$6,139,636-17%1,882-47$3,262$38,403,2234Fox
3Beethoven$5,929,085-3%1,925223$3,080$19,618,3253Universal
4Sleepwalkers$5,184,162-48%1,91450$2,709$15,201,5162Columbia
5The Babe$5,011,205--1,566--$3,200$5,011,2051Universal
6Ferngully: The Last Rainforest$3,291,597-7%1,663263$1,979$6,840,9352Fox
7Wayne's World$3,142,707-9%1,565-150$2,008$65,104,24810Paramount
8Thunderheart$2,303,700-31%1,0977$2,100$10,135,6253TriStar
9My Cousin Vinny$2,241,086-26%1,084-245$2,067$29,134,8346Fox
10Straight Talk$2,128,499-40%1,325-152$1,606$10,246,9123Disney